This passage jumped out at me today....
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
In Verse 1 we see the psalmist asking for God's grace and blessing. But verse 2 is the kicker because it reveals the psalmists motive.
Why did he want God's grace and blessing? So that God would be glorified!
How often don't we ask God for things for purely selfish reasons? When was the last time we asked for something to happen specifically so that God would get the glory?
Our Acts passage....
Pretty sure the Jews broke their vow not to eat until Paul was dead :) After all, their plot called for him to be killed the next day. And that did not happen!
I love this portion of scripture because it clearly shows God's providence, as well as Paul's action. "Somehow" Paul's nephew found out about the plot, "somehow" God uses this plot to bring Paul to Rome as He previously told Paul He would do.
But when Paul heard about the plot he didn't just sit back and wait to see what God would do. He took action - he told his nephew to share this plot with the commander.
"Unfortunately", God protected Paul from this plan by having him consigned to prison in Caesarea for 2 years. Why? This also shows us the hiddenness of God's plans for us. We don't know why God moves the way He does, but we do know He is sovereign, and so we can (and must!) trust Him, no matter our circumstances.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 68-69; Acts 24